Mbappé, the big bluff


By: Manu Tournoux

Free from any commitment next June, Kylian Mbappé can discuss with the clubs of his choice from January 1, 2024. Real Madrid will try their luck. In his way.

Never two without three. After two unsuccessful attempts (2017 and 2022), Real Madrid will come knocking on Kylian Mbappé’s door. Under contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2024, the striker is once again in the sights of the Merengue club. And since the player will be able to discuss with his potential suitors from January 1, Real has chosen not to wait, even if it means putting some pressure on the 2018 world champion. Between glances and warnings, Real Madrid seems ready to play the bluff card.

Friday, The Athletic explained that the management of “Casa Blanca” had given an ultimatum to the Mbappé clan. In short, Parisian number 7 will only have two weeks to give its response. After this period and once mid-January is reached, Real Madrid will close the discussions. Obviously, President Florentino Perez hopes that these will be fruitful and will finally lead to an agreement between the two parties. But officially, Madrid has chosen to play it more relaxed. As told The Team in its Saturday edition, the merengue leaders “ claim that they ultimately don’t necessarily need Mbappé sportingly “.

Liar Poker

The sports media adds that the already recorded recruitment of the Brazilian nugget Endrick, who will arrive next summer, is one more element for accredited “ the thesis of a ‘bonus’ recruitment of Mbappé “. Not to mention the possibility of a short-term arrival of Erling Haaland, still targeted by Real. It is therefore a game of lying poker that Real Madrid seems to be playing. It remains to be seen whether his strategy, placed under the sign of bluffing, will be more effective this time than the last two times.

The final decision will once again fall to Kylian Mbappé. Paid at a high price at Paris Saint-Germain, will the Frenchman choose to leave the French capital after seven seasons spent at the Parc des Princes? Will his desire to win titles send him to Madrid or elsewhere? So many questions that still need to be answered.

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